Gastric ulcer in horses or equine gastric ulcer syndrome is now recognized as a lot more common in horses of all ages than what had been thought of before. Using an endoscope, equine gastric ulcer syndrome (EGUS) has been discovered to exist in up to fifty percent of foals and ninety percent of those horses that are beyond their weaning age. Abprazole is used for the treatment and prevention of EGUS.
Causes for EGUS are normally related to three major risk factors either occurring individually or simultaneously. These factors include feeding pattern, stress and long-term usage of a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
Horses have developed from creatures that graze continuously around the common land and require small frequent food into the stomach, to something that is confined in stalls and stables. This confined horse is usually fed one or two times a day. Since this is not the normal life for a horse, the stomach is set to produce acid throughout the day and without food, the acid then causes the stomach lining to erode and create ulcers in the long run.
Stress-induced EGUS is caused by a number of factors like for high performance horses, they need to undergo strenuous training and showing. Another factor that contributes stress to the horse is when they are stabled alone without any contact with other horses. Feeding these horses with a high-grain diet also can cause stress that eventually leads to EGUS.
The long-term administration of NSAIDs has also been proven to be an established cause of EGUS. The amount of time for NSAIDs treatment among horses to cause EGUS varies from one horse to another. An NSAIDs treatment of over ten days will increase the risk for producing EGUS. The risk is even greater if a horse follows a strenuous racing or training schedule.
In treating EGUS, the first thing to do is to take away all the stressful activities that may have caused the ulcer. Any NSAIDs medications must be discontinued, if possible. Abprazole is effective in treating the ulcer. It contains Omeprazole granules in blue color that are enteric coated. Half a dose of Omeprazole is used as a preventive.